Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (L) fights Brandon Rios of the U.S. during their World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International 12-round welterweight boxing title fight at the Venetian Macao hotel in Macau November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s latest bout has shown the huge disparity in boxing IQ between the Filipino fighter and his victim Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, according to local boxing analyst Ed Tolentino.
In an interview on radio dzMM after the Pacquiao-Rios bout on Sunday, Tolentino noted that against a slow and plodding Rios, Pacquiao was able to demonstrate his brilliance inside the ring by employing a highly tactical bout against the Mexican-American brawler.
“Manny Pacquiao took out his masteral degree in boxing and brought ‘Bam Bam’ Rios to school. Lumalabas na pang-Grade 1 ang report card ni Rios,” the analyst said.
Tolentino added that Pacquiao showed no ill effects of his shocking knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez 11 months ago.
He pointed out that the Filipino’s quickness, hand speed and lateral movements remained intact.
“Nakita natin dito na maganda pa rin ang galaw ng kanyang kamao, maganda pa rin ang kanyang combinations,” the veteran boxing commentator said. “The legs was really a factor in this fight dahil hindi siya nagbago ang timpla ng kanyang lateral movement.”
For Tolentino, Pacquiao’s devastating loss to Marquez last December actually taught the Filipino to be a wiser boxer.
“May mga pagkakataon tayong nakita that Pacquiao could have taken out Rios… at naging maingat si Pacquiao sa laban na ito ayaw kasi nyang mangyari yung nangyari sa laban niya kay Juan Manuel Marquez na sa sobrang pagiging gigil nya sa knockout ay nasingitan siya,” Tolentino said.
“He was very careful not to engage Rios in an extended slugfest kasi 'yun ang kalakasan ni Rios,” he noted.
The judges saw it a 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110 shutout in favor of Pacquiao.
Compubox statistics showed that Pacquiao was the busier fighter, landing 281 of his 790 punches for 36% accuracy, compared to Rios, who landed merely 138 of his 502 attempts at Pacquiao for 27%.
It was the Filipino’s 55th victory in 62 fights. The loss, meanwhile, was Rios’ second in 33 fights.